Password thieves without a chance: Google makes Android phones more secure


Google has added an important feature to Android’s password manager. If user passwords are found in leaked databases, Android immediately sounds the alarm. The new feature is also available for older Android versions.

Google: Android now checks passwords

Google’s password manager integrated into Android can now warn users if their chosen passwords for accounts, websites and apps are in databases with stolen access. In this case, users are prompted to change the password immediately. According to Google, the useful feature will be made available not only on Android 11, but also on older versions. However, phones must have at least Android 9 installed to use the new password manager feature.

According to Google, the password checkup process is completely automatic: “Now, when you enter a password into an app on your smartphone and use Autofill with Google, those credentials are matched against a list of known compromised passwords – that is, passwords that may have already been stolen and published on the Internet.”

Google first introduced the password checkup feature back in October 2019, but had not made it a part of Android itself until now. Also new are the explicit warnings when passwords have been compromised.

Android: new features for Messages and Auto

In addition to increased security, Google has also taken care of new features for the chat app Messages. Among other things, there is now the option to schedule text messages here. Just like with Gmail, messages can be sent automatically at a later time.

The voice control of Google Assistant has also been upgraded. It now works more efficiently when the phone is locked.

According to Google’s announcement, there are also innovations in Android Auto. There are now small games for passengers and new shortcuts on the home screen. In addition, the dark mode in Google Maps is now to be used worldwide. Lastly, the gas station search has also been refined.


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